Please suggest some ways to generate income.
This activity also help recycle waste plastic.
Production cost of filament is $7.5 per 5kg and filament roll has 850 gram filament and can be sold for $20-30 per spool
It's trivial to get the quality right.
You can sell rolls on Amazon, eBay and Etsy or your own Shopify store and use Facebook ads/Google Ads to advertise your website.
Is it really? I've looked into this a good bit myself and it seems that many who have tried this have trouble keeping the diameter consistent.
I suspect that if it really was trivial, then you'd think just about any commercial supplier could get it right, there's a lot of junk filament out there. Maybe you are just very good at it; +-0.02 is pretty good even by commercial standards. The entire first page of Amazon best sellers are +-0.03 or +-0.05.
If you'll check my medium post, I've linked a video where I am extruding filament.
Problem with those hobbyist machines is motor torque/power rating. And second, they don't use a special screw and barrel.
The motor used in professional extruders used in real filament factories starts at 5 horsepower for the smallest machine.
If you miss those two things, there is no way you'll get within 0.03mm
Without any PID feedback loop, I can get within 0.03 by setting puller speed manually.
>I suspect that if it really was trivial, then you'd think just about any commercial supplier could get it right
There is no reason to believe that junk filament is coming from people with good machine design. That could be coming from hobbyist underpowered extruder machines like filaestruder and likes.
>Maybe you are just very good at it; +-0.02 is pretty good even by commercial standards. The entire first page of Amazon best sellers are +-0.03 or +-0.05.
At higher extrusion speed you'll get more output per extruder machine time but you'll have lower filament dimensional stability.
So the trivial part is have a powerful motor, use a good screw+barrel and don't extrude too fast.
That said I've offered my telegram in medium post and YouTube video. So anyone who gets stuck can reach out to me. I am not leaving them hanging on their own.
Also, I am looking to make a microcontroller firmware for extruders which basically measures the filament then sets the puller roller speed based on thickness measured. It pulls filament faster if it's thicker than target and pulls filament slower if filament is coming out to be thinner than expected. This will help us reach 0.0020mm accuracy easily!
The problem I am facing is:
1. I am not good with micro controller and control algorithms
2. Laser guage which measure the filament without distorting it is expensive and starts at 2K USD.
So anyone who can help solve these technical challenges are welcome.
But you might not need this much dimensionally accurate filament. Selling within 0.03mm is easy.
Anything better not sure how much it will help FDM quality but yes microcontroller firmware approach will help get more output out of this machine as biggest problem with extruding too fast is that dimensional stability goes haywire.
At some point dust in the air will be a limiting factor.
Though your idea of a light source and adc could work well if you put it in a darkened enclosure. It’d probably require a bit more hardware design or tuning but the software / microcontroller side would b simpler. A RPi PiCam with a macro lens would work well too, but the reverse with less hardware tweaking and more software.
As long as your material is consistent (no bubbles, shiny spots, etc.), You should be able to build a very accurate sensor this way.
They use a laser pointer to measure width of a hair.
There is a shortage of Extruders because of the people making 3D printing filament at home. So I've been creating Extruders and selling them.
The 13k listed machine produces 2kg per hour.
Extruder are heavy and low demand item, even cost of shipping will double the price of the machine which I've made.
As the saying goes "talent is evenly distributed; opportunity is not."
I've known lots of very smart people working what would be considered dead-end, or at least, lower-end jobs.
But usually they need a visionary who can make them believe in the idea and then they can put their work/efforts/mind into it with confidence and they do end up achieving the result at the end.
Call center -> building machines from scratch based on a medium post.
Sure it’s possible but I don’t think the suggestion really makes sense. You can be blind to the fact that hn is in the 1% of intellect/ability, but it should be obvious that effectively no one can honestly take that suggestion. Unemployed, low on cash, and then in a low-skill industry it doesn’t make sense to risk $500 to $1000 on a project that you likely won’t be able to build.
In a past life I worked at a place where my manager & IT guy were originally call center workers. The manager was a crafty guy, does nice woodwork. My ex happened to also work at that call center & is now an illustrator. Another friend from that place eventually went to college to be a machinist
I understand it's a pretty straightforward way to look for common ground and introductory topic of conversation, but there's a massive implication which I consider socially corrosive.
It is socially corrosive because it is removes any concept of social relationship from the calculus of social worth.
And you see this in the discussion of "opening up the economy" as though that is the #1 parameter of existence. Certainly without a functioning economy there is no food or other basic needs, but the objectives are complex functions, not simplistic ones. The implication is that those who were not lucky enough to have a job that generates income during a time of pandemic must needs put themselves at risk while others need not. Disgraceful.
It's the same reason I cringe when people talk or write about "consuming content", as if "content" is fungible and that peoples' roles are to "consume" it -- when information is not "consumed" (destroyed) by being enjoyed.
I don't see how that follows from "What do you do?" because one could answer:
A) I volunteer at...
B) I take care of...
C) I love...
Cost is the bigger concern, but at 600-700 $, it's hardly mind-numbing.
2. Mechanical Turk
3. Craigslist Gigs
Can generate $50 by dinner time if you're willing to focus and put in the time.
I've hired cartoonists, editors, writers, accountants, and developers. I had the worst luck with developers because, as you say, the ratings are meaningless. They have the lemon problem that good developers won't really work for $15/hr, but there are also bad developers who charge $125/hr. But to evaluate whether a developer is good or bad, you generally have to invest 10-15 hours with them. So a string of expensive bad matches can cost you $5-10k in trial hires just to find a decent developer. I think other tasks are easier to hire for because costs are lower and the outputs are more easily inspectable.
They still have $1k of my money (well money I earned through a client) because they banned my account without explanation!
I haven't used them in years, maybe they have gotten better.
Unless you already have mturk the waiting period is days to weeks if you're not rejected. Fiverr/Upwork would all require a large amount of luck to make $50 in one day as communication with client and turn-around time could take 12-24 hours before even starting a small one hour project. CL might be the best way to make that money in that time period doing a miscellaneous yard service or delivery or whatever. I'm curious though if there are other avenues to make $50 in one day.
1. Went to Goodwill store (second hand store for those that dont know it.) Took pictures of the office furniture available. Posted to CL in my city at a price $10 to $20 more than it cost to buy. Subject line: "Price reduced by 30%". Stood in the store adding more items and watched my inbox for replies. This paid approx $20 an hour. I did this at least half a dozen times when my first child was born and we were on the verge of starving.
2. Called everyone I knew with a business and offered to build a website or facebook page or Twitter profile or Yelp page for $x, half paid up front. We HN folks overestimate how technical people are. 100 bucks to "be on social media" is cheap.
Damn, that sounds horrible.
> Subject line: "Price reduced by 30%".
It sounds like a part of sales is about lying to people then? Or obscuring relationships/sources?
I bring this up because people actually do call day labor companies for this all the time.
I've seen that there are a number of tools (usually like browser extensions) which allow you to filter and sort HIT offers for the best use of your time.
edit: hiring bs as in these philosophical quizes of how many people would you kill, one or several, etc... like man I'm just here to wash plates.
Surely not London, Ontario. Wouldn't work in any city on any time.
It's labor intensive, but at when you're done, you'll have a much cleaner house and a little bit of money too. I do this on the weekends.
He'd search for reasonably high value items that had been listed with spelling mistakes in the name so that they didn't show up in searches, or showed up too far down the results to be noticed. He'd then buy them and immediately on winning the auction, re-list the same item but without the spelling mistakes.
His secret trick was using a copy/paste of the text and images from the historically highest priced listing that had sold for that same item, which ebay made it easy to search for. By the time it arrived in the post, he'd already sold it on at a higher price to someone else. He just relabelled the packages, sent them on and pocketed the difference.
Which brings to mind another of his tricks: He set up a lunch voucher trading scheme for all of the other restaurants in the little downtown area where he was based. He got to eat anywhere he liked every lunch time.
One of his employment perks was getting a free lunch from his restaurant every day. He soon got bored of it, so he designed and printed some home made lunch vouchers with his name on, and arranged for the front of house staff to accept them in lieu of payment. The understanding was that there would be no more than one per day for the days he didn't eat there. Then he went to all of the other restaurants and told their front of house staff that they could swap their own free lunches for his by letting him eat there in exchange for his vouchers. They could then eat at his restaurant for free on one of the next few days.
That was 10 years ago and I've never since met anyone with a better hustle than that guy.
And we probably all have spare bubble envelopes and boxes from delivery services.
Plus you get to learn how it's assembled.
And people will pay more for parts from a 100% functional unit than a scrapped unit of unknown provenance.
or here in a day or two:
Filter by skills, physical level, time to get paid, and things you have. It has some rough edges, but I'm fixing things and adding new listings every day.
Finding some of the data is difficult - many companies bury their commissions and fees and very few companies tell you what you'll earn. Most payouts take several days to reach you, but if it's your first ever payout, it may be an additional 1-2 weeks.
Edit: Also unemployment compensation is being extended to job types which previously weren’t covered, like hairdressers and massage therapists. Having been told to stay home from work for Covid should be sufficient to at least get the federal compensation.
Maybe "Unemployment application screenshare advisor" would be a good job for a lot of people right now.
Especially if they have experience with the edge cases.
I will also add that some states are hiring unemployment office temps to handle the surge in applications, so it would be similar work, just more formal and no charge to the user (which would be the hard part of being independent).
As long as your basic necessities are covered (food, shelter, etc.), this is a great way to go.
In my previous role I was a Software Engineer, and made some great contacts that have some DevOps consulting opportunities. I'd like to take on some of this work and the AWS CSA Associate cert will definitely help. I'm about halfway through Linux Academy training and it has already been invaluable for my overall systems architecture and design thinking.
If you have any other thoughts/advice/questions, happy to chat more! Contact info is in my bio
TLDR: Currently a furloughed PM (Coursera) and have some cloud consulting opportunities (AWS CSA Associate cert)
It's basically the definition of not great money but it's not very difficult, not physically straining, and you don't have to interview or whatever for it.
Grocery stores in my area are also hiring constantly right now. I assume the demand will flatten eventually but for now they're just taking people on with zero fanfare. Again, not good money, the work is physically harder, and you'll have to take shifts but it's a job you can get in a few days.
Most of them do it only part-time and see it as a work-out gamification. Looks like during the pandemic many restaurants also closed delivery options and the orders dropped according to some YouTubers in the UK.
The most important aspect: It does not scale. It's very hard to earn a living outside of the "surge pricing" rush hours.
In some regions "surge pricing" is not available or delivery platforms require full time with a fixed but low salary (e.g. in Germany).
Here's a list of YouTubers doing bike deliveries:
- Chicago, IL (US) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4hE0AhisGkRscjxSMudn-Q/vid...
- London (UK) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCruD32HAzsb9UN4KpOcSxZg/vid...
- Los Angeles, CA (US) https://www.youtube.com/user/impulsivewilliam/videos
- Bristol (UK)
If one does plan to deliver (bulky) non time-critical items, payment drops significantly (almost no tips, fixed fee for each parcel).
As I wrote earlier, payment is not linear. It depends on the region, day and time. One can make a lot of money in 1-2 hours on some evening, but also sit idle for another 8 hrs in a parked car waiting for another order. (to my knowledge, one has to be booked into the uber eats app all the time and broadcasting the current location. So one is encouraged to still hunt/stay next to interesting restaurants, usually big chain stores like Mc Donalds, Starbucks. IMHO it's not a plausible add-on business for regular Uber/taxi drivers or other gig economy jobs like harvesting electric scooters)
Let's say one can make 40$ in 1 hour but 50$ in 9 hours.
The one profitable hour is probably within the evening rush hour, lot of traffic, down-town, short distances. 0 parking lots.
The other 8 hours are past midnight, in the morning or between noon and evening. Longer distances (=>less drivers, less orders => bigger coverage => no surge pricing).
Overhead costs stay the same.
Though it seems daunting to go work on your brakes, I think it’s actually one of the easiest and highest RoI jobs you can do on your car. Saving $1000 (tax-free) is like working an extra 2 weeks in half an afternoon. Then, consider if you could be doing the same for your friends for $500 (you buy the parts), so you win and they win.
(This could be a direct option for your call center friend of course.)
Offer not valid during COVID but I’ve offered people to come to my driveway and they change their brakes while I watch and guide as needed. It’s puzzling but I’ve seen only about 1/4 of people keep doing it after I show them how, how easy, and how fast it is.
I'm assuming we all understand that "stay at home" really means "don't go to your regular job, but essential services such as food delivery and grocery store assistant are allowed".
But quite a lot of people are being told to stay at home for real, or advised to, on grounds of health risk or risk to someone else in their household. That excludes all of those out-of-home jobs.
What can people in the latter group do for emergency money?
eh ... I've never been a driver, but I kinda doubt this right now. A Chicago driver just ran over this women:
We don't know the full story as the video starts with her blocking his car. He shouldn't have run her over obviously. There's no excuse for that. But if he's operating on very small margins, he may have been frustrated they were moving slowly. He allegedly kicked their door, they wouldn't let him in, and then he was just going to dive off. They then blocked his car waiting for the police. The guy turned himself in, so if we give him the benefit of the doubt, it might have been stress rage. He's probably going to serve several months for assault.
People are on edge right now. A lot of companies are profiting and also screwing everyone over they can. You can be a delivery driver, but be aware it might be a very short term gain, and may not cover the cost of maintenance/operation of your vehicle in the long term.
This whole thing has made humanity more scared and dumb than anything. People are worried about their jobs, paying bills, etc. I don't think what this drive did was right, but there is a whole context being lost as to what led to this point.
At http://joinstream.io, we're building a super easy way to host a monetized livestream using Zoom. We generate a marketing page for you, handle billing, attendee management, and notifications. All you have to do is focus on selling your unique skills.
2. Get a remote call centre job.
3. The DoorDashes and Uber Eats of the world are doing tremendous business right now, as is Amazon (and they have the Flex delivery service). Instacart was also hiring some 300,000 people.
4. If your friend is the creative or innovative type, there are a ton of competitions being hosted by various companies. You enter enough and the income can be somewhat reliable. This is my own personal niche.
5. Freelance writing. Even with the downturn, there seems to be a decent number of businesses with blogs wanting guest articles.
If I needed cash in a hurry I'd probably do Instacart. I've browsed their subreddit - some shoppers are making $250-300 a day delivering groceries right now. If you can successfully cherry-pick those big Costco orders you'll typically get a $25-50 tip, in addition to delivery fees.
During this pandemic our household is ordering about $300-400 of Costco a week, since we're cooking everything at home, and tipping an Instacart delivery person $40-50 seems like a good tradeoff to avoid having to risk getting Covid-19 in a store.
Of course, the reason this is so high right now is that it is essentially hazard pay. You're putting yourself at risk of getting sick so others don't have to. Provided you are not high risk (<50 years old, no pre-existing health conditions) this might be an acceptable risk.
Check out Mindsumo.com, Eyeka.com and herox.com
and plugging a friend: https://www.flipmine.com/
scrapes arbitrage opportunities b/w ebay and amazon.
Second, there's a limit on how much you can list / sell as a beginner. So don't count on being able to liquidate collections or extra stuff in a flash.
And third, Ebay is incredibly biased towards buyers - so if you're looking to sell something very expensive, try local first - where you can get cash in hand. I've lost thousands of dollars on Ebay as a seller, even though I've followed every step to secure myself.
But other than that - it's a very hard place to beat if you're looking to sell something. I'm selling on a TON of channels, but it's really hard to beat Ebay for actually getting stuff sold.
If you sell something expensive, ebay will usually give you a "5 listings with halved or waived final value fees" a few weeks later. Strategize accordingly.
I buy in to the idea of what they're selling - used goods arbitrage - they're just selling another form of a "get rich scheme". Follow the money.
If this niche were so great then the proprietors would keep this software platform to themselves to identify the opportunities and perform the work. Instead, they "offer" you the opportunity while they take in a $39 monthly fee for their service.
That's my take on almost the entire industry of "make money doing X, just use my service or take my course!" Bro, the real money is conning these suckers.
A fool and his money will soon part ways.
There is a much greater efficiency in operating a SaaS over a full-fledged business, since the SaaS has almost 0 marginal costs, so every additional $39/mo requires nearly no work.
In contrast, generating $39 in profits through arbitrage requires at least some work and has risk. If you buy a product and sell it to a person who gets a refund, then you lost money.
The tricky part is finding those listings in the first place because they will often be at the bottom of many searches due to poor relevance. Searching by "ending soonest" on eBay can bring up many hidden treasures.
You then need to have a good idea of the market rate of what you are selling and factor in a healthy margin: postage costs and handling time can add up quickly.
But I’m sure eBay’s search has gotten better at delivering misspelled listing in results over the past decade so perhaps it’s not as useful as I remember it being.
A bit more adventuresome: Offer to buy klunkers and then use them as a parts supply for fixing the bikes that can be fixed, or combine parts to create working bikes that you can sell.
Many bikes are purchased with the best of intentions and then set aside for whatever reason. Later, the owner isn't sure what's needed, if anything, to get the bike in riding shape. They might even throw you a nominal fee just to be reassured that their bike is OK to ride.
Position yourself for the post-pandemic economy. ie. tech.
Your background would help you get into the field.
With so many kids homeschooled, tutoring the last couple of months was probably a gold mine. Many parents run into a hard wall with respect to math and science and can no longer help their kids.
It’s working out really well for everyone involved. We may just keep her on even when daycare opens back up.
$20 seems to be above-market everywhere for one kid, and everywhere except SF and NY for two kids. But it wouldn't surprise me if there's finer-grained variation - sitters probably cost more in the richer parts of a metro area than in the poorer parts of the same metro area.
I pay the people who house sit and watch my pets, I still consider it a favor in addition to paying them.
Licensing might be an issue, as some people have mentioned. More importantly, though, I wouldn't trust my kid to someone who doesn't have experience with kids. So this may or may not be an option for your friend.
Make a simple sign outside your home.
"Most lawns $25. Cut, trim, edge blow. 555-555-5555 No contact payment by eTransfer"
This works very well, and will generate a small side income, get you outside of the house, fresh air and exercise.
From here, it's just letting you imagination run wild... Hire and train some young adults, grow from a single person to multi person team, etc.
I either write the content myself, or ask watch strap companies to send me pictures. I then link back to their website and mention what watch is featured and use an affiliate link. Most companies are happy to send me pictures. I also interview custom leather watch strap makers. Most sell on Etsy and they're happy to be featured. I send them a form to fill out and they provide the content and pictures. This is an example: https://basicbands.com/small-brand-spotlight-choice-cuts-ind...
I make almost zero money off featuring the watch strap makers, but they fill out the blog with interesting and fun content that bring it a step above the usual affiliate blog (I hope). Its also the most fun part and it keeps me going, because the artists are fun to talk with. Otherwise I think I would have stopped by now from boredom.
Most of my traffic is search engine, Pinterest & Reddit.
I got my start by reading the case studies on this subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/juststart/
They're getting less useful now, but the early ones were a big help. Basically, just start something and see how it does.
Affiliate marketing gets a bad rap, which I totally understand, but its also very easy to get into, basically a WordPress theme and some cheap hosting, so its very accessible for people at home.
I will say that their frequent listicles, however, tends to feel exploitative... Primer currently has "8 Essential Innovations That Make Hot Summers More Bearable" as its headline, which feels like a not-so-subtle "hey, here's some affiliate links to click on"
Just drop in your DigitalOcean, ServerPilot, SendGrid, and Stripe API keys, set your prices, and you've got a hosting company.
The purpose of HostLaunch is to make it extremely easy to start your own managed hosting business to sell web hosting services in that same market.
Edit: and I suppose HostLaunch's edge is to get all the hassle of setting up that business out of the way so you can focus on customer service instead of plumbing servers together.
Another use case is people in 3rd world country sometimes need international hosting but don't have any local payment method accepted by international companies (they only accept visa/mastercard/amex, not small regional card/bank network). You can tap that market by offering local payment processor support, essentially become a middle man for those vps companies. This service doesn't support this kind of use case, but other web hosting kits are very popular in 3rd world countries for this reason.
I'm not sure but it may be you're looking for an explanation of why consumers choose one product over others when the consumer doesn't have the full knowledge or information to make an ideal decision (regardless of whether they often believe they do). Brand and marketing have a huge impact in those cases, tied in with the values of the customer base driving who they trust and want to do business with.
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It's basically like a bit more exciting and better paying version of Mechanical Turk.
Other than that...help out HS and College kids with homework? I'm on a lot of homework help forums, as I like teaching math, and there's been an explosion in demand for skype teachers etc.
He doesn't even have to bring the mulch - homeowner purchases it and has it delivered, and he just shows up to lay it.
I guess he does this a few times a week - that's a cool thousand bucks on a good week.
Years ago, when my first job folded, I did customer support for them for a couple months on a fixed rate with a minimum time. e.g., $75/hour, minimum bill of 0.2 hours -- those are examples, I don't recall what I actually charged.
The point is, he's used to talking to customer all day and negotiating issues and frustrations. That is really valuable experience to a small company that may not be able to afford a full-time customer support person.
Besides that, being a Virtual Assistant might be a good transition for him: https://horkeyhandbook.com/how-to-become-a-virtual-assistant...
I'm not searching anymore because I believe that tech has lost its way and won't be a rewarding field until it allows for ~20 hour per week part time jobs that let us make on our own time. Because I've been surviving in tech for 20 years and have basically gotten nowhere with my life goals. Always feast or famine. But I do know how to survive.
I wonder what fraction of potential English learners can afford $20+ per hour... (Right now that won't beat the unemployment payout here in the States, BTW.)
For more information, Google: [corona laid off benefits]
Hope your friend finds success!
Particularly like his honesty, exposing his vulnerabilities in a way we can only laugh, and reflect on it ourselves.
Whether you're an artist, an entrepreneur or aspire to improve yourself, you certainly can relate to his work and self-reflections.
some options for your friend:
1)if he has hardcore skills like programming, or any techy-related, try upwork.com and find a niche for himself, but a new comer will have a difficult time to get sales first, you need start with a very low price rate, get some orders then raise your hourly rate.
2)he can also choose Fiverr.com, one can provide many services there, typically $5 per case, small cash.
3)start a youtube channel: post videos that he is good at and can attract enough visitors. This is pretty much a long term endeavor as you need 4000 hours watch and 1K subscribers to get monetization enabled, but if he can find the right niche and get the hang of it, this thing is legit and can earn enough for living.
seems there are no very quick ways to make some money, but he could still try:
4) provide some quick local services for quick money
5) regard 3), he can post CPA offers under the subscription section below the Youtube video, you can earn money at very 1st day via doing CPA affiliate marketing, just post right videos, attract visitors, put offers.
There are a lot people make good money on the platform for side cash.
Meanwhile, you can browser producthut, indiehackers, for some quick ideas for your own products, SaaS, websites, etc.
In my head, still in a very abstract way, we need something like LinkedIN exposing demand and not only job openings.
Tether yourself and go up on customer's roof and blow off the leaves and debris.
Weed the flower beds. Wash windows. Detail cars. Play with kids outdoors. Clean and polish the brass fixture exterior lights.
Use customer mower to cut the lawn.
My friend does Concierge errand services and he makes $50 a day.
Especially with the air travel situation what it is right now, fish stores have trouble restocking. So, if you already have some equipment but the market was always too lousy, you might be able to pick up a few bucks. Hard to scale up to a significant income, though.
Help out senior adults through the aging journey.
I remember flexjobs.com having a pretty diverse curated catalog of jobs you can do from home.
Not the typical remote engineer postings we see around here.
People are still repeating this meme?
But seriously while Uber and other companies are laying off thousands it's probably one of the worst times to try to enter the market as a new SWE.